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BHS golfers take division title

On a windy Tuesday at the Brookhaven Country Club, Brookhaven’sPanthers marched to the Division 6-4A Golf Tournament championship.They shot a team score of 296 to dethrone defending division andstate champion Terry which finished at 301.

Leading the Panthers was Grant McDonnieal with a 3-over par 73.Austin Mills and Brandt Hinton both shot 74s. Cody Jordan shot 75and Phillip Hammond 81. Alternate Dustin Alexander fired a 77.

McDonnieal spends most of his time playing first base for theBHS baseball team which is fresh from winning a second straightdivision title. He also starts at offensive guard for the BHSfootball team, the 2003 Region 6-4A champion. McDonnieal said hewasn’t bothered by the wind.

“I was trying to hit the ball straight,” said the muscularMcDonnieal. “I started strong and the wind didn’t bother me verymuch.”

Mills overcame a shaky start which found him 5-over after threeholes. The freshman warmed up and collected 5 birdies on the next15 holes. He was 1-over on the tough back 9.

“I birdied No. 6 and No. 7,” said Mills. “That got megoing.”

Match medalist was Drew Dulaney of Terry with a 2-over 72. TheBulldogs also advance to the state tournament where they will seekredemption.

“I’m feeling like a proud papa,” said BHS first-year golf coachSteve Huey. “I’m extremely proud of these young men.”

Brookhaven will host the State 4A Tournament May 4-5 at theBrookhaven Country Club. Huey hopes the momentum willcontinue.,

“This is a good start,” said Huey. “Hopefully we can keep itgoing in the state tournament.”

McComb was a distant third in the team standings with a 337. TheTigers were led by Hal Blossman’s 77.

Matt Reid led fourth place Lawrence County with an 84.